2014 Volkswagen Jetta | new car review

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 by
2014 Volkswagen Jetta
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AEDAED 74,000 - 90,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 50%
  • Interior
    Editor: 65%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
  • Features
    Editor: 65%
  • Performance
    Editor: 65%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 40%

Review Summary:

The VW Jetta is a Golf with a saloon boot bolted to the rear. It fills the small car classification below the Passat, but in all honesty, does it need to exist?

Pros

Is based on a Golf

Cons

Boring looks
Stats when compared to Passat

Looks

Take a look at the VW Golf; pretty good-looking, yes? Agreed. Take a look at the VW Passat; not creative, but certainly not ugly. Mate two decent cars together and you’d expect to create a very pretty offspring. Sadly, with the Jetta, this has not happened. It is, by design, a Golf with a saloon boot nailed to the back. It bears no resemblance to the Golf. There is no creativity, no depth, and nothing to get excited about at all.

Feel

Inside the Jetta there is a brief respite from the exterior dross. But that is to be expected since all the interior surroundings come from the Golf and other VW offerings. But when all is said and done, you can pretend you’re driving a Golf or Passat, but that won’t stop those outside looking at you and sniggering.

2014 Volkswagen Jetta interior

Engineering

Fortunately, while the point of this car may be more of a mystery, it is still made by VW; therefore we know that it is all screwed together properly. The usual finishing is up to expected standards and the engine under the bonnet can be found in other models.

What’s on offer?

There are three variations of the Jetta on offer, ranging from 2.0 to 2.5 litres in the engine range. Prices begin at AED 74,000 and will tip into the 90’s. It will produce 150hp and accelerate from 0-100kp/h in 9 seconds. Boot space measures 440 litres.

2014 Volkswagen Jetta rear + side

Summing it

I hate panning cars without having driven them but please note the following: it is smaller, less comfortable, less powerful, less economical, and not as well equipped as the Passat, yet is surprisingly the same price! Why did VW see the need to turn the Golf into a saloon? If you want a Golf, buy a Golf. If you want a VW saloon, buy a Passat. Sorry, Jetta, but you don’t seem to serve a purpose.

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